All Stitched Up

An international juried book arts exhibition 
September 3rd – December 11th, 2019
Collins Memorial Library University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

A catalog of the exhibition is available for purchase.
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All Stitched Up recognizes and celebrates the work of book artists’ where stitching has become an integral part of the visual design. The call for this exhibition encouraged artists to reflect upon the act of stitching. As stated in the call for this exhibition: To stitch is to join together, to mend, or fasten as with stitches – to sew. To stitch is to bring together fabric, paper, wounds of the body, or cultural divides. Stitching can be an act of healing, hope, practicality, creativity, and revolution.

The books in this exhibition address these ideas and more. Included in the exhibit are books from Ohio, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, California, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Virginia, Utah, New jersey, Iowa, Michigan, New York as well as Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Mexico and Germany.

We recognize the many artists in this exhibit and thank them for their support of this unique exhibition.

Curators:  Catherine Alice Michaelis, Jane A. Carlin, and Diana Weymar.


Catherine Alice Michaelis is an artist, writer, publisher, curator, teacher, and most recently – videopoet and animator. As proprietor of May Day Press, she is best known for her artist’s books that incorporate letterpress and pressure printing techniques. In 1998, Catherine began to feature sewing in her print work in relation to family, intimate secrets, and emotional healing. She collaborates often, with both artists and writers, and her 1999 collaborative project, Stack the Deck: 22 Artists Mark the Cards for Women’s Health & Healing, is frequently on show somewhere. Her artist’s books have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and are collected in over 80 institutions. Catherine was profiled in the ‘Nature’ episode of Craft in America on PBS in 2017. She lives near Olympia, Washington.

Jane A. Carlin is currently the Library Director at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. Prior to joining Puget Sound, Jane was the Director of the Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Library at the University of Cincinnati and has also held positions at Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England, University of Texas, Arlington and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Jane has long been an advocate for the artists’ book. Her graduate thesis, A History of Art Book Publishing in Great Britain, serves as the foundation for many programs and classes she has taught on the art and history of books, including classes on William Morris, the history of the book, as well as artists’ books and social justice movements. In 2008, Jane brought the book arts to the Collins Library and has worked with community members to form Puget Sound Book Artists, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting book arts. Jane is the curator of numerous exhibits at the Collins Library and currently serves as the Vice-President of the PSBA organization.

Diana Weymar lives in Victoria, BC. She has a studio practice and is the creator of Interwoven Stories, an international textile project. She grew up in the wilderness of Northern British Columbia, studied creative writing at Princeton, and worked in film in New York City. Interwoven Stories has been exhibited and implemented in Colombia, Switzerland, Syria, Canada, and the States. She has worked with, is working with or had a residency with The Zen Hospice Project, The Nantucket Athenaeum, The University of Puget Sound, UMass Amherst, The Peddie School, The Arts Council of Princeton, Build Peace, Trans Tipping Point Project, and The Textile Arts Center (Manhattan). Her work has been exhibited and collected in the States and Canada. She also curated art for the NRG Energy Headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

For download:
All Stitched Up Poster (11x17)
All Stitched Up Postcard (4x6)


We are pleased to announce the winners of the All Stitched Up awards and thank the judges who are listed below.

Most Powerful Narrative:
Dorit Elisha and Alice Mermelstein, In The Cornfield.
Book artist Dorit Elisha collaborated with her mother on this exquisite book, built around the poem her mother wrote about saying goodbye as a young child during WWII to her father whom she would never see again. The simplicity of the cloth and paper illustrations of the cornfield in which the secret parting took place only intensifies the sadness of this event that symbolizes both a personal loss and a collective, historical trauma.

Most Original Treatment of Theme:
Lynn Skordal, Odd Notions.
Artist Lynn Skordal identifies her book, Odd Notions, as “Unique.” The judges all agreed, “Unique indeed!” and went on to say that the work is striking in the originality of both content and treatment. They added that Lynn’s use of the materials is surprising, provocative, and surreal. Its content offers unexpected punches to the gut and is at the same time very satisfying.

Best Represents the Theme of this Exhibition:
Aimee Lee, Peculiar and Commonplace.
Using the handmade Korean paper for which she is well known, Aimee Lee explores the history and culture of a place by piecing together its ideas and materials with fine stitchery as a centerpiece. In her book, Peculiar and Commonplace, Aimee Lee uses scraps of history, literature, personal observations, objects and drawings to make a kind of instruction manual on how to create a paper garment.

Record of a Personal Journey:
Inge Bruggeman, Unable to Find Each Other, Let Alone Ourselves.
The artist has developed an elegant aesthetic, with a poetic, compelling, and economical use of thread, line and form, to investigate the complexity of identity and relationships. This book has an intimacy and tenderness that provokes us to think deeply about vulnerability and the human condition.

Communicating an Important Historical Social Issue:
Nancy Brones for Stitching a Living – The WPA Sewing Rooms.
This fabric book celebrates the needle arts and sewing skills of women that allowed families to survive during the Depression. It examines the work accomplished in the WPA Sewing Rooms that provided clothing for those in need, and offers a masterful and compelling look at that moment in history while fully exploring the exhibition’s theme.


Judges Biography

Hidde Van Duym
For almost thirty years Hidde Van Duym has created art work in three dimensional format and several of his artist's books can be found in the BIMA bookarts collection. He is a recipient of the Bainbridge Island Treasure Award for his contribution to the arts & humanities. He is a former director of the State Commission for the Humanities where he administered the jurying of a wide variety of cultural grant applications.

Beverly Naidus
Beverly Naidus was first introduced to artist’s books as a grad student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design when she encountered Suzanne Lacy’s courageous artist’s book called “Rape.” Beverly went on to work at the Franklin Furnace, the first major archive and exhibition space of artist’s books, and Printed Matter, a distributor of multiples, in NYC, eventually creating her own first artist’s books over a decade later; "One Size DOES NOT Fit All" & "What Kinda Name is That” were her early multiples. Over 16 years ago she was hired by UW Tacoma to design a pioneering socially engaged and interdisciplinary studio arts curriculum at UW Tacoma. Her students often make narrative artist’s books about a variety of social issues that have touched their lives.

Cynthia Sears
Cynthia believes that our greatest natural resource is our imagination, and one of the best ways to activate, stimulate and strengthen the imagination is through exposure to art-- especially book art!  Her late husband Frank Buxton taught her how to be a designer book binder (the activity for which the term 'art and craft' was first coined!); but once they moved to Bainbridge in the late '80's Cynthia discovered the amazing world of artist's books and from then on was dedicated to sharing  the wonder of this art form with as many people as possible!  She invites you to join her and help save our natural resources! Imagine that!